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Colt McCoy: Where Sports Parents Should Focus

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Colt McCoy (@ColtMcCoy) plays quarterback for the NFL's Washington Redskins. As the starting quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns from 2006–2009, McCoy won the 2008 Walter Camp Award, was the 2008 Heisman Trophy runner-up and was a 2009 Heisman finalist.

In this clip, McCoy describes the role of a sports parent. He uses his father, an athletic director and coach of many of his youth sports teams, as an example of how a parent can shift focus away from sports at the appropriate times. He emphasizes the importance of supporting your child and your child's coach. He also draws a line between parents correcting their kids for not giving their best, as opposed to berating them for mistakes, such as missing a catch.

Ultimately, McCoy says that if parents can make a distinction between being a coach or sports parent during practice/games and simply being a parent at home, then they will be on the right track.